Issue 30 - October 2014
Jeremy Crook OBE writes:
Challenging the public and private sectors to tackle racial inequalities
BTEG welcomes the fall in the unemployment figures and the continued economic growth but we must have economic growth and race equality at the same time. The challenge of closing the 11 per cent employment rate gap between BAME people and the rest of the population remains.
More public spending cuts are on the way and we have to be concerned about their continued impact on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. Naturally, BTEG is concerned about the impact of further cuts on BAME charities and social enterprises.
According to the former Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, ‘…irrespective of the political colour of the next government, we face a further five years of austerity in public spending that will be even harder than the previous five years’. (Reflections on Reform September 2014)
He points out that the ‘easier savings’ have already been made and the ‘the sense of urgency that underpinned the first savings programme will be reduced.’ Interestingly, he also observes that within the civil service there is a need to tackle the ‘macho culture that too many women experience and increase the number of BME staff at senior level, which has flat lined in recent years.’
Regrettably, the private sector seems to have taken backward steps on race equality.
A recent survey by Race for Opportunity of UK business shows that in real terms the number of BAME people in top management positons has decreased between 2007 and 2012; from 95,023 to 73,378 - a drop of 21,645.
Unless we change private, public and voluntary organisations at the top it’s hard to see how organisations will develop cultures which are fair, inclusive and responsive to service user’s needs.
The BAME voluntary and community sector has a vital role to play in challenging the public and private sectors to tackle racial inequalities both as employers and service providers.
BTEG’s partnership enterprise initiative, Opening Doors Network, continues to support unemployed young people with ideas for start- ups and later this month BTEG and Inclusion will host a national conference on boosting entrepreneurship in ethnic minority communities.
I very much hope that you will join us.
Boosting Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship
21 October 2014 | Amnesty International | London
Until recently, entrepreneurship in ethnic minority communities has been a largely neglected area by local and national policy makers and funders. Regeneration and employment initiatives tend to focus on finding unemployed people work and entrepreneurship initiatives are marginal and under-resourced. However, the government’s new enterprise allowance (NEA) for jobseekers and the start-up loans programmes are welcome developments.
How can organisations, school, colleges, universities and local councils provide enterprise and finance support for young people and nurture entrepreneurship as the foundation for economic growth.
Inclusion and BTEG are hosting host a one-day partnership event - Boosting Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship - examining how to improve the labour market outcomes of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Speakers will include:
Monder Ram OBE, Professor of Small Business and Director of CREME at De Montfort University
Shahid Azeem , Chairman of Woking Asian Business Forum
Johnny Luk, CEO National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs
Paul Mooney, Director, Blue Orchid
Nikki Kelly, Opening Doors Network & Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Claire Dove OBE, CEO Blackburn House and chair of Social Enterprise UK
£49+VAT registration fee available to members of the BTEG network
Read more about the event
Go here to book a place